Wisconsin’s Republican Senate hopeful wants to make public school funding a “top priority,” as she ramps up her campaign to beat Republican Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Republican Sen., Kelly Hartnett, said the state should consider cutting more than $50 billion in aid to public schools, including teacher pay and other support.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported on Monday that Hartnitt told The Associated Journal that her goal is to reduce spending in public schools by up to 25 percent.
Hartnitt is the latest Republican to seek to cut funding for public schools as she tries to fend off a primary challenge from Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin.
She has called for cutting state aid and raising taxes on high-income earners.
Her campaign is already running advertisements that stress the need for schools to make up for cuts to state funding.
She told The Journal that Wisconsin needs to cut its public education budget by $50 to $60 billion.